Publication Date:

16 October 2014

On Wednesday, 8 October, the winning streak of Mondi’s “BarrierFilm” continued at the PPI Awards in Boston, MA, USA. The novel barrier liner for soup packaging has also won the 2014 WorldStar Award and the DuPont Silver Award for packaging innovation this year.

BarrierFilm is an innovative barrier material for food packaging that consists of a material mix of paper, polyethylene (PE) and a special coating that provide excellent protection and a long shelf life. It also helps reduce the carbon footprint of the packaging thanks to the removal of the aluminium. According to Mars, the carbon footprint of their instant and packet soup range could be reduced by as much as 25 %. Thanks to the introduction of a special sealing polymer, which helps to reduce the sealing temperature and subsequently lowers the energy consumption, its environmental credentials are further enhanced.

The lower sealing temperature of the barrier can lead to a higher efficiency on the filling lines. The special coating addresses another issue that aluminium laminates can cause – as it does not have the memory effect, it is not as sensitive regarding kink folds. 

“We are both proud and inspired by the recognition that comes with winning three leading industry awards: the WorldStar Award, the DuPont Award and now the PPI Award! It is a true testament to the innovative spirit, persistence and excellence in collaboration that was required to deliver this great packaging breakthrough,” says Jussi Vanhanen, CEO Fibre Packaging.

This year the DuPont award received nearly 200 entries from 31 countries, marking the second-highest number of entries and broadest reach in the program’s 26-year history. The PPI Awards celebrate excellence in the global pulp and paper industry and provide a platform that honours a multitude of different categories celebrating leadership, vision, innovation and strategic accomplishments within the industry. The 2014 PPI Awards took place alongside RISI’s North American Conference on October 8, in Boston, Massachusetts, USA.